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What are Catholic Scholarships

If you are a college-bound Catholic student, a scholarship may help you with your goals. Catholic scholarships offset the cost of tuition, books, fees and more. Unlike a loan, you don't have to pay the money back, but do need to respect the terms.

There are many scholarships for Christian students. But Catholicism is the oldest branch of Christianity. As such, there are many scholarships in place for devoted practitioners.

The Catholic faith is a strong believer in helping its members and serving its community. Many scholarships thus reward active Catholic faith, values and community service. Though many also look at one's financial need and grades.

Other criteria for eligibility might include:

  • Leadership role
  • Church, school, branch or volunteer and charitable activities
  • Family Membership/Activities in the Catholic organization or Church

To apply for a Catholic scholarship, one often needs to write an essay. This might need to explain why your faith is important for you. Along with a completed application you might also need to submit:

  • Official transcripts
  • GPA
  • Financial information
  • Statement of personal goals
  • Information about the Catholic colleges you are applying to
  • References from people who know you

Why Consider Catholic Scholarships?

The largest system of private schools in the United States is operated by the Roman Catholic Church. At last check it included 8,351 schools which served 2,516,000 students.

Tuition at private Catholic Colleges is higher than at public colleges and universities. One study looked at the average cost of attending (COA) a 4-year institution.

It found that the COA of a private not for profit 4-year institution is $50,300. That’s above the $32,200 COA for a private for-profit institution. Both also exceed the cost of attending a public institution which rings in at $24,300.

Do Catholic Schools Offer Scholarships?

The Catholic Church offers scholarships by school, parish, or entire dioceses. Many Catholic colleges and universities also offer this kind of funding. One example is the Catholic University of America. They offer a wide range of scholarships.

Other sources for Catholic scholarships include:

  • Private donors
  • Catholic financial organizations
  • Foundations

Do Catholic High Schools Give Scholarships?

Catholic high schools may give scholarships to students in their region. Many are private schools and offer funding to low income families. These schools usually provide a Catholic education. To apply for a scholarship for high school, you often need to contact the school’s principal.

Apart from the school, many foundations offer tuition funding too. One example is the Shepherd Foundation operating from Washington DC. Over time it has raised about $7 million. This helped over 9,000 students at over 50 Catholic schools in their Archdiocese.

Top Catholic Scholarships for 2019 and 2020

Are you a Catholic student trying to locate funding options for your faith? The financial aid office of a Catholic college or university is one potential source. But make sure to check out the top Catholic Scholarships too! Applying for more than one may boost your chances too.

Catholic United Post-High School Tuition Scholarship Program

The Catholic United Financial Scholarship Program is available for members of any age seeking to learn a trade, earn a certification or complete a college degree through their Post-High School Tuition Scholarship program. Applicants must be a member of Catholic United for at least 2 years.

Total: $500 Awards:  10
Deadline:  April 30
2020

Del Papa-Grimaldi-Gabriele Endowment Fund Scholarship

The Del Papa-Grimaldi-Gabriele Scholarship Fund is available for high school seniors and one or more for college students entering their second year at full-time college or university education beyond secondary school.

Total: $2000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  May 31
2020

Catholic Order of Foresters Fraternal Scholarship

This award is for high school seniors who will be entering college. Applicants must be insured members of the Catholic Order of Foresters in good standing.

Total: $5000 Awards:  20
Deadline:  October 31
2020

One-Time $600 Educational Award

This award is for Catholic of Forester members who are aged 17 and older and will attend an accredited college, university, technical or trade school

Total: $600 Awards:  40
Deadline:  November 30
2020

National CCAA Scholarship

The National CCAA Scholarship is available for rgaduating high school seniors who will be enrolled in a National CCAA member institution beginning in fall.

Total: $1000 Awards:  8
Deadline: 

St. Stanislaus Knights of Columbus Scholarship

This scholarship is available for high school seniors in Pleasant Valley, NY who are active and contributing members of St. Stanislaus Parish or St. Stanislaus Knights of Columbus.

Total: $500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  May 15

CSB/SJU International Student Scholarship

International students who are entering freshmen at the College of Saint Benedict & Saint John's University (CSB/SJU) are eligible for this award. Students must plan to enroll full time and have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher.

Total: $27000 Awards:  25
Deadline:  January 15

Bernard B. Brusin and Mary L. Brusin Scholarship Fund

The Bernard and Mary Brusin Scholarship recognized the importance of higher education and had a strong commitment to provide financial assistance to those in need. Respective of their Jewish and Roman Catholic faiths, the Brusins designated that their scholarship be made available to Jewish and Roman Catholic students. Mary Brusin died in 1981. She was preceded in death by her husband Bernard in 1977. Bernard B. Brusin and Mary L. Brusin Scholarship Fund, established as a memorial, provides rene...

Total: $5000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 15

CSB/SJU Trustees' Scholarship

U.S. graduating high school seniors with a grade point average of 3.6 or higher and an ACT/SAT score of 30 or higher are eligible for this award. Students must plan to attend the College of Saint Benedict or Saint John's University in Minnesota.

Total: $26500 Awards:  15
Deadline:  January 15

First Catholic Ladies Slovac Association (FCLSA) Fraternal Scholarship

First Catholic Ladies Slovac Association (FCLSA) Fraternal Scholarship is available for early elementary school (grades 1-4); older elementary school (grades 5-8); high school; college; and as a graduate student at an accredited college or university in the United States, and be enrolled full-time in a program leading to an associate’s or bachelor's degree or to include post-graduate work leading to at least an associate’s degree.

Total: $1250 Awards:  140
Deadline:  February 26

Fourth Degree Pro Deo and Pro Patria Scholarships

Fourth Degree Pro Deo and Pro Patria Scholarships is available for students entering freshman year of an undergraduate program leading to a bachelor's degree. Applicants must be a member in good standing of the Knights of Columbus, the son or daughter of such a member or deceased member, or a member in good standing of the Columbian Squires. This scholarship is not limited to Fourth Degree members.

Total: $1500 Awards:  1500
Deadline:  March 01

John W. McDevitt (Fourth Degree) Scholarships

The John W. McDevitt (Fourth Degree) Scholarships is available for U.S. student entering freshman year of undergraduate study at a Catholic college or Catholic university in the United States.

Total: $1500 Awards:  1500
Deadline:  March 01